Saturday, October 29, 2016

178. A tourist does art #2 ...


This tourist does need "down time" every now and then - after all there is only a certain number of kilometers these feet can pace out each day - and so I retreat to my mobile studio for time at art of my own - plus a movie on the 'puter - to help relax ...

 
... studio and movie ...

And the project during my stay in Vienna is all about that Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud.
 
What would Sigmund think of all this ...

Freud was born to Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1881 at the University of Vienna. He lived and worked in Vienna at the same address for 47 years, having set up his clinical practice there in 1886.


In February 1923, Freud detected a leukoplakia, a benign growth associated with heavy smoking, on his mouth. Later that year he consulted the dermatologist Maximilian Steiner, who advised him to quit smoking but lied about the growth's seriousness, minimizing its importance.

In 1938 Freud - together with his family and members of his staff – fled Austria to escape the Nazis after they annexed Austria - and eventually he was given asylum in London where he set up his practice until his death in September 1939 .

Sigmund Freud’s ashes are sealed in an ancient Greek vessel and displayed in the Golders Green Crematorium in North London.


My little sculptural-novelty is made up of strips of a map of modern day Vienna. The strips of map - representing the paths we tread in our life's journey - the woven map paper of the centre square - representing the woven complexities of our psyche - and the scrolls - representing the secrets of the mind, tightly rolled, tied up and set in place - all very Freudian ... !!! ... The piece measures 200 x 200 mm. 

Unfortunately the lighting in my apartment is not the best for photographing such a small detailed piece as this, and so the colours in the images are much paler than the real thing ... 
 

My Sigmund wont be staying in Vienna - but rather will travel with me to my next destination where I feel it will find a more agreeable home - that is, unless one of my Viennese FB friends would like it - buy me a coffee and a slice of Sacher Torte and Sigmund is yours ... !!! ...

cheers ...